The kilns at Castle Point were used to create quicklime in the 19th century, by adding lime and coal in layers into the kilns and then firing the mixture to produce powdered lime. Limestone was brought here from the quarry in the north of the island, and the finished product was then shipped by sea.
The kilns are a Scheduled Ancient Monument and are the largest, most complex and best preserved example of their kind in the country.
You can enter the kilns (free), where there are information boards about the industry and its history. When visiting the kilns, you will see a set of six pots, connected by a network of access tunnels.
The lime kilns are managed by the National Trust, and more information about them can be found here.
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